New Orleans – 2/16/2020

As part of our 48 Wheels unicycle trip, we ended up in the fine town of New Orleans. This city is very old and quite interesting. It started off with us trying to find a parking place. I didn’t realize during my planning that this was the weekend before Mardi Gras. There were already large parades and gatherings all over. Driving into the French Quarter was totally a mistake!

In an effort to park, I was driving my 1 week old Rav4 through a parking lot when Corvin directed me to re-loop the lot to exit out another place to get away. During that turn a sign stating “Nipple Glitter” fell on the car making the first scratch of my new car 🙁

Eventually we found a parking spot and walked back to the French Quarter and Burbon street. We had to walk around/through a parade to get there. Its hard to read Corvin’s response to it all as there was a lot to take in. Eventually, we sat down in an upstairs restaurant to get some local food.

As we ate, we watched the street to see all of the people out and about. What we saw next, I can only describe as “Victor’s Angels”…

Eventually our meal finished and we walked back towards the car so we could get our Louisiana unicycle ride done. On the way, we saw one of my unlucky signs.

I tried to apply for a job, but was turned down because I was overqualified.

Our time came to an end and we did the responsible thing and went for our unicycle ride. It was nearly 9 years (minus 1 week) since I had last been in New Orleans and I hope I can visit again before 9 more years go by.

Hogan Haake

Fort Jackson – 2/16/2020

Fort Jackson is in Louisiana. I’ve seen it on maps when dreaming about the Mississippi river and random paddling journeys I want to take. I’ve talked of a motorcycle trip there over a long weekend just because it looks interesting. The opportunity to visit came when Corvin and I were visiting Louisiana on our 27th state of our unicycle trip. It was raining as we approached and I figured we could waste the rain time in the car and see the fort.

I didn’t realize that its permanently closed due to flood damage from hurricanes. When we arrived, it was raining lightly. We stopped for some photos before coming to the entrance gate.

Close up of the statue above.

But the main gate was chained closed.

Somehow, some photos were taken of the inside of the fort. Must have been a drone 🙂

Taking a ferry across the Mississippi river to drive up the other side.

It was a really cool experience to be there. Most amazing to me was how close we were to the massive Mississippi river. I’m not sure how everybody down there can live so close to a river that can destroy their lively-hoods so quickly.

Its worth a visit, even if it is closed!

Hogan Haake


January – 2020

We had some family over and somehow it became a thing that we wore a cloth bag over our heads… Little did we know, we would need face masks just a few months later…

OK, just kidding, we were playing a game. They brought over a bag of Skittles. The test was to see if you could guess the flavor/color by taste and not site. Nobody got them all correct, but it was fun guessing.

Hogan Haake

Brawndo – 1/17/2020

We got a new cat and we named him Brawndo. If you’re wondering about the name, it came from my favorite movie, Idiocracy. Brawndo is a pure bred Maine Coon. We were picking him up from a breeder just west of Kansas City. We drove through an ice storm the night before to ensure that we could get him on time.

Enough of the car. We picked him up from Olga at EuroCoons. She was a bit more expensive than other breeders we talked to. When we go to her house, we could see how much she cared for the cats and were not disappointed by paying more for him.

And because the internet is all about cats and the post is about Brawndo, here are some photos of him!

My mom holding Brawndo.

So tiny!

Sonora is incredibly happy!

Posing him for a photo.

Brawndo (on left), Coatrack (on right) for reference

Corvin likes him too!

It didn’t take long for the two of them to become buddies.

Yep, he is adorable.

We have video of them playing.

All three cats eating.

Yes, I got Brawndo t-shirts for the family.

Hogan Haake